Get the latest information and tips from Dr. Francine Gerstein on creating and maintaining a complete skin care regime to refine and rejuvenate yourself.
Your skin’s natural barrier is made up of acid mantle. When the pH scale shows 7, it is neutral. Anything below that is acidic and above it is alkaline. Our skin’s pH balance is generally between 4 and 6.5, even when the skin is very oily.
Soap, on the other hand, is extremely alkaline and goes towards the other extreme.So, if you use soap on your skin, it messes with its pH balance and acid mantle, causing it to make skin conditions worse. It is best to avoid using soap on your face.
Soap strips the skin of its natural oils and makes it tight and dry. If you feel like your skin is very oily, use a face wash especially suited for oily skin that will wash off the oils and dirt from the surface of the skin but will not disturb the skin’s delicate pH balance.
Washing your face with the wrong kind of products can leave it looking dull and wrinkled. And this includes soap. When you use a face wash suited for your skin type, you can be sure that it contains ingredients that are required to keep your skin looking its best. But with a soap, there are no different kinds. The harsh chemicals present in it are useful to clean the skin but not to protect it. The skin on your face is much more delicate and can easily start looking damaged. So, keep the soap away and invest in a good quality face wash instead.